June 24th, 2017

Opinions

Roger Moore brought humour to iconic role

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 24th, 2017

When it comes to James Bond films, there is the Sean Connery camp, those who like his serious, uber-masculine, hyper-violent, patriarchal and suave take on the spy, and then there is the Roger Moore camp, those who enjoy pure fun, campy style, silly hijinks and sarcastic quips. Moore’s version was a lot like the Hugh ... Read More »

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Guest Column: Show us Alberta’s plan to balance the budget

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 24th, 2017

Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen Troy Media VANCOUVER In a recent conference call with reporters, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said his government “has a clear plan to return (the budget) to balance.” This is news to Albertans, since the latest budget only contains estimates up to the 2018-19 fiscal year (for which a deficit ... Read More »

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Much can be learned from Ambrose’s leadership of Tories

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 20th, 2017

It was a possibility following the 2015 federal elections, that the stitched together alliance between Reform and Progressive Conservatives would pull apart after over a decade of being held in Stephen Harper’s Hands. Conservative or not, it’s a good thing this didn’t happen. Democracy requires a strong opposition to hold the government to account. And ... Read More »

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Guest Column: On photo radar, misuse is abuse

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 20th, 2017

Back in January of 2013, I wrote about what I believed to be the overstaffing of the Medicine Hat Police Service. In November of 2014, I wrote about our photo radar program and the fact that it was paying for about 10 per cent of our police force. I also pointed out that the program ... Read More »

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MLA Report: For the right reasons

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 19th, 2017

Whether attending town halls or speaking to individual Albertans across the province, I find one constant: exhaustion with this NDP government. There’s really no other way to put it. The reasons for Alberta’s NDP fatigue have been discussed in the newspapers, the Legislature, the coffee shops and homes in High River to High Level, and ... Read More »

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Cultural appropriation debate misses the larger issue

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 17th, 2017

Instead of having a conversation about cultural appropriation, First Nations or otherwise, this past week, the national media should have been having a conversation about the ongoing under-representation of cultures other than Christian-white-European in the larger cultural narrative and fabric of Canadian society. Canada is a country where its bestselling First Nations author of all ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Would PM go ‘nuclear’ to build a pipeline?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 17th, 2017

The British Columbia legislature that has resulted from last week’s election is, for now, evenly split between pipeline partisans and opponents. Hopes — in the pro-pipeline camp — that the balance will shift in its favour once all the votes are counted this month should be tempered by the notion that a razor-thin majority is ... Read More »

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More reason to twin Highway 3

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 15th, 2017

Alberta communities along Highway 3 have been waiting for decades for twinning of the busy thoroughfare to make its way onto the provincial government’s priority list. From time to time, encouraging words trickle out of Edmonton, but as the years go by, southern Albertans are still waiting. There’s no doubt the cost of the project ... Read More »

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Guest Column: To balance the budget, Alberta’s government must learn to say ‘no’

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 13th, 2017

With the Alberta budget comes implications for Calgarians and all Albertans — but no one more so than future generations of taxpayers. With the NDP government’s initial platform promise of a balanced budget in 2018 nothing but a distant memory, the province is plunging itself deeper into debt, with no real plan to pay it ... Read More »

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National Affairs: Sajjan won the battle,but what of the war?

By Medicine Hat News Opinon on May 12th, 2017

It looks like Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will live to fight another day. Unless the opposition parties come up with fresh ammunition, they are unlikely to exact his resignation for having embellished his role in the planning of a major military offensive in Afghanistan. But having won one battle, can Sajjan win the war and ... Read More »

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